Type: Wine Tasting, Views, Restaurants
Time needed: 3 Hour(s) to 1 Week(s)
Opening TimesMost wine cellars are open daily although some are closed on Sundays.
Wine enthusiast or not, a visit to the Cape winelands is an absolute must. The region is one of breathtaking views and majestic mountain backdrops and is steeped in rich culture and history. Rolling vineyards, quaint Cape Dutch homesteads and award-wining wine estates await the visitor. Just 45-minutes from Cape Town, the winelands are divided into different regions, each offering their own 'wine route'. The most popular and well-known are the routes of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington and Paarl. Here visitors will be able sample fine wines, enjoy a cellar tour and perhaps meet the winemaker himself. Take a stroll through quaint and historic towns, visit whitewashed Cape Dutch homesteads and enjoy a leisurely meal or picnic at one of the many excellent restaurants. Not to be forgotten are the highly acclaimed wine estates in the Constantia Valley. The fertile Constantia Valley, with its moderate climate and rich soil, is home to the oldest wine estates in South Africa and boasts award winning wines. This is the area that Simon van der Stel, first Governor of the Cape, chose to cultivate and develop in 1685. Groot Constantia is the oldest wine farm in South Africa - the original Manor House and Cloete Cellar both display interesting items from the early years of Groot Constantia and the buildings themselves are beautiful examples of early Cape Dutch architecture.